Department of Biochemistry
Philosophy of the Biochemistry Degree Programme
The philosophy of the programme is to provide comprehensive training in theoretical and practical biochemistry to students who have acquired the qualification can work as knowledgeable and competent biochemists, and also be eligible for future research.
Objectives of the Programme
The main aims and objectives of the degree programme in Biochemistry include:
To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of biochemical knowledge and practical skills.
To develop in students, a range of transferable skills that are of value in biochemical and non-biochemical employment.
To generate in students an appreciation of the importance of biochemistry in industrial, economic, environmental, technological, and social development.
To provide, through training and orientation, an appreciation of the salutary rewards of inter and multi-disciplinary approaches to the solution of complex life problems.
To provide students with knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialised areas of biochemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving biochemistry.
The Need for Biochemistry
The human body is made up of several molecules. The study of these molecules better described as biomolecules is the concern of Biochemistry. Biochemistry is today at the centre of modern scientific medicine, instrumental in the definition of health, investigation of disease, pharmacology, nutrition, molecular biology, and genetics to mention but a few.
The prospects in Biochemistry is boundless as evidenced in the numerous divisions namely: Membrane Biochemistry, Plant Biochemistry, Analytical Biochemistry, Biochemical Engineering, Forensic Biochemistry, Biochemical Toxicology, Biochemical Endocrinology, Microbial Biochemistry, Protein Biochemistry, Neuro-Biochemistry, Clinical Biochemistry, Lipid Biochemistry, Veterinary Biochemistry, Environmental Biochemistry, Carbohydrate Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, etc, where experts are needed. These do not exclude self-employment, where Biochemists can also set up businesses as quality control analysts, forensic experts to give services to clients or serve as sales agents for laboratory equipment and chemical companies.
Requirements for Admission into B.Sc. (Hons) Biochemistry Programme
Admission into 100 level for the Biochemistry Programme is through the University Matriculation Examination (UME), Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). In addition, students for the programme must possess, at least five (5) credit passes at SSCE or its equivalent in the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
In addition to the above admission requirements, candidates are also required to pass an internal (Post UME) screening/interview to be conducted by the University.
Direct Entry Requirements
In addition to the requirements in the above, candidates who possess any of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:
At least two advanced level passes in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) or the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or any of their recognised equivalents at not more than two sittings. The subjects should include any two of physics, chemistry, and biology.
Diploma (OND/HND) from other recognised Universities with at least an Upper Credit Level Pass in any of the following:
Food and brewing Science
Pure, applied, analytical and industrial chemistry
Science laboratory technology
Academic Good Standing Requirements
To be in good academic standing in the department, a student must obtain a cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 1.50 at the end of each academic session. A new entrant (Fresher) to the degree programme who obtains a Grade Point Average (GPA) of less than 1.50 at the end of the first session in the university shall be advised to withdraw from the programme which he/she had registered. However, a returning student (either at the 200, 300, or 400 level) whose CGPA is less than 1.50 at the end of an academic session shall be placed on ‘’Probation’’ on his/her programme for one academic session. A probationary student who obtains at least 1.50 CGPA at the end of a probationary year shall be allowed to continue his/her degree programme.
But a probationary student who is unable to earn at least 1.50 CGPA at the end of the probationary year shall be advised to withdraw from the degree programme in which he/she registered.